El Jebel traffic light getting fixed | AspenTimes.com

El Jebel traffic light getting fixed

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL ” The traffic signal at the main intersection in El Jebel has been trying motorists’ patience for about two weeks since a subcontractor hit an underground line that disabled the “smart light” technology.

Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation said they are aware of the problem and plan to fix it this week. “If it wasn’t completed [Monday] it should be shortly,” said CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.

In normal times, the traffic signal uses technology to help sense traffic flow and build-up. When it sensed a break in traffic on Highway 82, it would turn the light red and allow traffic to emerge from El Jebel Road. Lately, the light has operated strictly on time segments. Traffic stacked up on the secondary roads and wouldn’t trigger the signal to change even if no vehicles were traveling Highway 82. That intersection always is busy because it handles traffic related to Missouri Heights, Blue Lake and the heart of El Jebel on the north side, and some of the traffic related to the City Market commercial complex on the south side. Vehicles were getting stacked so far back on the secondary roads at times that it was difficult to navigate the area.

The delays sent the blood pressure of some drivers soaring. One unhappy driver sitting on El Jebel Road by the Wendy’s restaurant was seen slapping his dash in disgust while waiting Monday. Another driver reported witnessing potentially dangerous maneuvers by motorists trying to avoid the stoplight and find a different route to the highway.

The light should be back to its old self shortly.

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